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Higginsons General Manager scoops award at NW Business Awards

  • Higginsons General Manager scoops award at NW Business Awards
  • Higginsons General Manager scoops award at NW Business Awards
Higginsons General Manager, Mark Porter was announced as winner of the ‘Employee of the Year’ Award at the inaugural North West Family Business Awards on Friday 6 March.
The glittering awards ceremony, attracting over 190 entries from family businesses across the region took place inside the Concorde Hangar and events centre at Manchester Airport.

Mark was presented with his award by host, food writer and presenter Nigel Barden alongside sponsors, NXT Recruitment in front of a capacity crowd of over 400 people.

Sue Howorth, Founder and co-director of The Family Business Network and The North West Family Business Awards said: “This has been a fantastic event, which really has celebrated the great work family businesses do, enriching their communities and the country’s economy.

“It was a tough job for the judges as the standard of entries was so high. The support from the public who helped select the winners of the Employee of the Year was outstanding - we had over 3,350 votes for the Employee of the Year! Thank you to each person who took the time to cast their vote.”

Mark thanked his friends, colleagues and family live on stage after winning one of the big awards of the night. He commented, “I’m very honoured to win an award for simply doing my day to day job. I wanted to acknowledge the hard-working and talented team and family that I have supporting me – I couldn’t do it without them!”

Mark added, “Winning the award was a total shock as I genuinely didn’t expect it, although it is a great reward for the years of commitment to the business. It’s definitely one of the highlights of my career so far”.

“The Awards was a fantastic evening and I couldn’t think of a better venue for the awards night - it was great to have a tour on Concorde!”

Mark, along with the other winners will now go forward to the National Family Business Awards in London on 4 June. The North West Family Business Awards are organised by The Family Business Network, which offers support to family businesses of all sizes and sectors. You can find out more information about the awards at


Rachel Lord, Marketing & PR
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Mark Porter, General Manager of Higginsons with his winners trophy

Mark being presented with his award by host, Nigel Barden and Emma Lindsay and Jason Hodgson from NXT Recruitment.

Notes to editor:
About Mark Porter, Higginsons Butchers

Mark Porter joined the business in 1994 and worked his way up to General Manager. Mark also represents industry colleagues as Vice Chairman of the Q Guild of Butchers North West Region. Higginsons was founded by husband and wife, Stuart and Pauline Higginson in 1983 in their home town of Grange-over-Sands and in the years since, it has evolved into one of the most successful independent Butchers in the country, winning countless industry awards.
In addition to selling the regions finest fresh speciality meats, Higginsons also operates a Deli selling legendary handmade Pies of over 60 varieties and a Takeout shop servicing the daytime fresh food market. They also sell produce online through mail order delivering around mainland UK via their website,

North West Family Business Awards:
The North West Family Business Awards were created and are run by founder and Co-Director Sue Howorth and Co Director Dave Clarkson of The Family Business Network Ltd. They exist to celebrate the contribution that family businesses make to the North West region and wider community.


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